Offline, Running Through The Mind, 2022
Oil, oil pastel, and charcoal on canvas
About the Artist
Lily Alice Baker (b.1998, UK) is a painter, based in South London and a graduate of Goldsmiths University. Her paintings are based in an intuitive gestural style anchored to the human figure. Baker uses gesture as an extension of her own body and the visceral oil paint acts as a physical rejection of the discourse of the hermetically-sealed female body. Baker’s work draws on the theatricality of human interaction, the dreamlike euphoria, exaggerated and juxtaposed by the eeriness of what goes on in the shadows, which evokes a romanticism seen in paintings of the Baroque period, such as Fragonard’s The Swing.
About the Artwork
This piece was created as an attempt to occupy the body of a loved one that I would FaceTime often during the COVID-19 outbreak, aiming to understand how they felt, and how that made me feel. The pandemic isolated many people, especially those that were already suffering from mental illness. These people found themselves in a very dark hole. The painting expresses that feeling of complete emptiness and isolation, whilst also very much being about hope, the light representing an end to the loneliness.